indirect speechBritish English; indirect discourse American Englishalsoreported speech [uncountable]technical
SLGa way of reporting what someone said without repeating their exact words. For example, in the sentence 'Julia said that she didn't want to go', the clause 'that she didn't want to go' is indirect speech. Her actual words were 'I don't want to go'.
Definition of indirect speech from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English within the topic GRAMMAR